Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes


May 31, 1988

American Ballet Theatre - The Metropolitan Opera

New York, New York United States

Mark Morris
Virgil Thompson - Etudes for piano ("Chromatic Double Harmonies," "Repeating Tremolo," "Fingered Fifths," "Double Glissando," "Oscillating Arm," "Pivoting on the Thumb," "Alternating Octaves," "Double Sevenths," "Broken Arpeggios," "Parallel Chords," "Ragtime Bass," "For the Weaker Fingers," "Tenor Lead"
Costume Design
Santo Loquasto
Lighting Design
Michael Chybowski
Number of Dancers
24 minutes

Press Quotes

"...the witty dance cements Mr. Morris’s worth as a master choreographer in the classical form."

- The New York Times

“The freshness of the inspiration, the consistent upturning of artistic convention, the sheer bravado of it all, is unprecedented, joyful and so volatile you fear it will evaporate before your eyes.”

Allan Ulrich

- The San Francisco Examiner


An excerpt from this ballet was given its first performance at the Dancing for Life Benefit at the New York State Theater, New York on October 10, 1987. The lighting design is now done by Michael Chybowski.

Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes is currently in the repertory of American Ballet Theatre andHouston Ballet, and was premiered by the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre on March 8, 2013. It has also been performed by San Francisco Ballet, The Royal New Zealand Ballet, English National Ballet and The Washington Ballet.

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